By Matt Morgan
RALEIGH – Officially, Holly Potts finished Sanderson’s 4-1 win over Enloe on Monday night with no goals and no assists. Spartans coach Todd Worley knows that stats don’t mean everything.
With Sanderson leading 2-1 early in the second half, Potts took a free kick from 25 yards and sent a bullet into the high-right corner. But Enloe goalkeeper Hunter Kenny dove for the shot, knocking it down to Sanderson midfielder Ryan Davis who tapped in the rebound for the goal.
Davis was credited for the score – her first of two goals on the night – but Worley knows the Spartans don’t get on the scoreboard without Potts’ perfectly placed ball.
“We’ve been struggling on set pieces. So I just told her to rip it and she did,” Worley said. “It was a nice little angle and we had someone to follow it up with Ryan.”
After struggling offensively in its first three games, Sanderson came out attacking and put pressure on Kenny early.
Just 36 seconds into the match Savannah Parrish scored on a cross from Anna Dulaney.
Enloe tied the score at 1-1 three minutes later, when Hannah Schlink headed in a corner kick from Erin Mulhern. But Sanderson regained the lead in the sixth minute when Dulaney found the back of the net after a flip throw-in by Taylor Wood.
In addition to being a crowd-pleaser, Wood’s head-over-heels throw-ins gave the Spartans an extra dimension offensively according to her coach.
“It’s such a dangerous ball,” Worley said. “Corner kicks are OK but those throw-ins, there are so many people in there. It becomes a ping-pong and you hope for the best.”
Sanderson scored its final goal in the 78th minute when a set piece created a loose ball in front of the net. Davis corralled the ball inside the five-yard area to score her second goal to put away Enloe in the process.
After trailing by just one at halftime, Enloe had several scoring opportunities in the second half but struggled to finish – thanks in large part to Sanderson freshman keeper Carly Tinstman.
Tinstman played aggressive in goal, attacking balls played over the top and recording six saves.
“Carly played really good,” Davis said. “She made a lot of saves and pulled it out for us.”